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‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ Not Going Forward At Lifetime, Pilot Being Shopped By Fox21

The Clan Of The Cave Bear will not be moving forward at Lifetime. I hear the cable network has passed on the fantasy drama pilot after not being able to Lifetime_Logo_Vector_CMYK_1_Coral_031313_02reach an agreement with studio Fox 21 TV Studios over the size of a possible episodic order. I hear the network was looking to do The Clan Of The Cave Bear as a four-hour event series, a proposition that did not work for the studio for economic reasons as Fox 21 has been seeking a regular cable series order. In light of the impasse between the two sides, I hear Fox 21 already had been quietly shopping the project, receiving some preliminary interest.

The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Imagine TV, Allison Shearmur Prods., Fox 21 TV Studios and Lionsgate TV, was written by Maleficent scribe Linda Woolverton based on Jean M. Auel’s series of bestselling novels. Clan Of The Cave Bear draws from the first book.

The drama takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopts blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady), a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud (Johnny Ward), who one day will be clan leader. Charlene McKenna and Hal Ozsan co-star in what has been Lifetime’s only outstanding pilot.

Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo, Woolverton and Auel executive produce the pilot, which was directed by Pierre Morel.

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